Vote for the Album of the Week

Every Tuesday–the day that albums come out–we will be listing the hard-rock and metal releases that hit stores, and every Wednesday we will be offering you, the fans, the chance to pick the Album of the Week. Then, at the end of the month, we will put the top albums from each week up against each other and select the Album of the Month. Below, check out the albums that came out this week; pick your favorite, and feel free to vote as many times as you want.

 

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  • AlonditeMX

    “Minus The Machine” is easily the best out of the bunch. Hell, I’m having a hard time even finding a better album released in the last decade.

  • 4life

    Really? the last decade? No offence, but you must not listen to a lot of music. The Autumn Effect, released in 2005, is way way way better than this album. I’m sure I’ve heard albums even better than that over the last decade. I love this band to pieces, but Minus the Machine is just boring. There isn’t any energy in the album and the songs are slow and sound similar.

     I’ve listened to it at least 15 times while walking, gyming and reading. The framework for great songs is there, but that’s all they end up being. Best song is Writing on the Walls. I feel this album would have benefited in a big way with a proper producer watching over the proceedings. Perhaps they were going for that indie/demo feel. It just didn’t work for me.

  • Painless

    The Autumn Effect without doubt is an album of the decade if not in longer period of time. Haven’t heard anything like that where every single song is perfection put in all together. Talking about Minus The Machine, after Feeding The Wolves I felt that 10 Years weren’t themselves there or something was missing so I started to lost believe in them. I enjoyed some of the songs, but overall it wasn’t what I expected. And that’s because of the producer. So definitely they don’t need a producer, because Minus The Machine is brilliant. I really like every single song of the album. I felt the continuing of TAE, KATHY and Division in this album. I rank this album #2 along with KATHY and Division in 10 Years top and overall my top albums. “proper producer watching over the proceedings” is the worst case scenario. Band has to have full control over their creativeness and I felt that in Minus The Machine. You need a producer if you’re overall aiming for mainstream audience, fame and fortune. 10 Years aren’t and they stay pure, that why I love them and call them as my favorite band, because they don’t only deliver music, they deliver something more. And it was also put in Minus The Machine, the emotional experience and unworldly fulfilment. It’s deeper than just an energy to be the band that “rock hard”.

  • Painless

    The Autumn Effect without doubt is an album of the decade if not in longer period of time. Haven’t heard anything like that where every single song is perfection put in all together. Talking about Minus The Machine, after Feeding The Wolves I felt that 10 Years weren’t themselves there or something was missing so I started to lost believe in them. I enjoyed some of the songs, but overall it wasn’t what I expected. And that’s because of the producer. So definitely they don’t need a producer, because Minus The Machine is brilliant. I really like every single song of the album. I felt the continuing of TAE, KATHY and Division in this album. I rank this album #2 along with KATHY and Division in 10 Years top and overall my top albums. “proper producer watching over the proceedings” is the worst case scenario. Band has to have full control over their creativeness and I felt that in Minus The Machine. You need a producer if you’re overall aiming for mainstream audience, fame and fortune. 10 Years aren’t and they stay pure, that why I love them and call them as my favorite band, because they don’t only deliver music, they deliver something more. And it was also put in Minus The Machine, the emotional experience and unworldly fulfilment. It’s deeper than just an energy to be the band that “rock hard”.

    • Twin

      Having a producer does not mean you lose control. Division is your favourite album and that had a producer. The Autumn Effect had a producer. The Black Album had a producer. Ten had a producer. Nevermind had a producer. So no, having a producer does not mean a loss of creativity and freedom. In fact, it can actually be a force to bring out the best in a band and really push them to new levels. 

      Producing an album by yourself doesn’t mean that you’re against the system or whatever. In fact, most bands are not very good at producing their own albums. Every band wants to be recognised and make money. Some can do it by writing radio tunes and some can do it just by the sheer talent that they have. I will agree that FTW was very commercial. Which is fine, but it’s not the sound I expected from 10 years. The least mainstream album’s 10 Years had were KATHY and TAE. The new album has good songs, but I found them to be half hearted. Someone experienced (maybe Johnny K or Brendan O’Brien) would have really elevated the songs.